whose entitlement to Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self-Employed has expired
who do qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self-Employed but choose to claim optional Jobseeker's Allowance instead.
Whether you qualify for Jobseeker’s Allowance depends on your income and whether you are habitually resident
in Ireland. In other words, you live here and have close links to Ireland.
From January 30 2023 we have returned to the requirement that all people applying for a Jobseeker's Allowance payment have authenticated their identity to SAFE Level 2 before their claim can be paid.
This means that we must have established and verified your identity to a satisfactory level.
This applies to both online and paper Jobseeker's Allowance applications.
If you are already verified at SAFE Level 2, you will be able to access online services through your verified MyGovID account.
To get to SAFE Level 2, you must attend your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office
to complete your registration. Once you have completed the SAFE Level 2 registration process, you may get your account verified. This will give you access to all online services through your MyGovID account which includes applying for a jobseeker’s payment.
How to qualify
To qualify for Jobseeker's Allowance, you must:
be over 18 and under 66 years of age
satisfy a means test
be habitually resident in Ireland
be capable of work
be available for full-time work
be genuinely seeking work
be fully or partly unemployed (at least 4 days out of work in every 7)
If you are self-employed, the last condition does not apply.
You can work for up to 3 days a week and may still get Jobseeker’s Allowance for the other days. If you are getting Jobseeker’s Allowance, you can use a benefit of work estimator
to see how taking up part-time work would affect the amount you would get. The Reckoner works out the total amount you would get if you take up part-time work (including any Working Family Payment payable for the family) and compares this to what you are getting in jobseeker's payments (including Rent Supplement).
A means test
is an assessment of all of your household income, savings, shares, investments or property that you own, apart from your own home. Your means test will also include any income that your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant has.
The department adds your income from all sources, and, from this, calculates the means you have each week. Your means is used to work out the amount you may receive.
New rental disregard
A new statutory rental disregard of up to €269.23 per week (€14,000 per year) has been introduced and applies from the 12 July 2022, in respect of rental income from renting out a room(s) in your home to someone who is not an employee or an immediate family member. See Means Assessment Operational Guidelines
for more details.
Your rate of payment will depend on your income and the outcome of the means assessment. If you have no means, are aged 25 or over, and you are single, you will get the full weekly payment of €220.
An increase is payable for each child dependant if you are getting an increase for a qualified adult. If you do not qualify for an increase for a qualified adult, you may get a half-rate increase for a qualified child dependant.
The current rates are as follows.
Jobseeker's Allowance Rates
Full personal payment (25 or over)
Personal Rate 18 to 24
Extra payment for qualified adult
Extra payment for qualified adult (18 to 24)
Extra payment for qualified child under 12
€42.00 (full-rate), €21.00 (half-rate)
Extra payment for qualified child 12 and over
€50.00 (Full rate), €25.00 (half rate)
Jobseekers aged 18 to 24 and full-rate Jobseeker’s Allowance.
If you are aged 18 to 24 you are eligible for the full personal rate of €220 of Jobseeker’s Allowance if you meet any of these conditions:
if you were in the care of the HSE, Child and Family Agency (TUSLA) during the 12 months before you reached the age of 18
if you are living independently and you receive Rent Supplement, Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS), Local Authority Housing or housing provided by certain Approved Housing Bodies.
The amount that you receive will be less if you have means assessed.
If you are a jobseeker and under 25 and have completed a course of education, training, Community Employment,Rural Social Scheme
you will revert to the appropriate age-related rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance, if you had previously been in receipt of such a rate.
Jobseeker’s Allowance is paid weekly in arrears. All jobseeker’s are paid weekly to their local post office except if you are working part-time or short-time or if you are over 62.
If you work on a casual basis, your payment will be made into a financial institution or by cheque for administrative reasons.
If you start part-time/casual work
Your employer needs to complete the UP80 form below. This form can be downloaded and filled in. When your employer completes the form you need to return it to your local Intreo Centre
You can now declare the days you are working and not working online through www.MyWelfare.ie
This means that you will not have to submit paper dockets each week to your local Intreo Centre/Social Welfare Branch Office.
If you are an employee paying a Class A social insurance contribution, ask your employer to change this to Class J when you turn 66. Your payslip will tell you which class of PRSI contribution you pay.
If you are self-employed paying a Class S social insurance contribution, you should pay PRSI at Class M after your 66th birthday.
If you have a verified MyGovID account you can apply online on MyWelfare.ie.
If you have a basic MyGovID account, and a Public Services Card, you can verify your account on MyGovID.ie.
Bring all documentation to your local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Branch Office
when you attend to make your claim. You can apply even if you do not have all of the documents but you cannot get a decision on your application until you have provided all of the documents.
You can appeal a decision if you are unhappy with it. You should appeal within 21 days of the decision and you can ask for an oral hearing.
An appeals officer, whose decision is final, will then decide your case. Some cases can be decided without an oral hearing.
If new information comes to light or your circumstances change, you can apply for Jobseeker's Allowance again.
Operational guidelines describe the processes and procedures that staff in the department follow when carrying out their work.